Friday, April 03, 2020

International Yard Safety

I just want to take a moment and thank all of the many people around the world who have expressed interest in following my yard safety awareness adventures. Lawn mower accidents can be really brutal and sometimes fatal. Outdoor power equipment is designed and purposed for specific uses. If not used properly, the tool can harm people, animals, and things. I want everyone to follow the equipment manufacturers product owner's manual. I recognize that many people never read or even look at the owner's manual. That is one of the reasons that I created Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man to create attention and awareness about yard safety. Most people think yard safety is boring until some person, animal, or thing gets hurt or damaged. Then, the lives of many people (individuals, families, pets, medical professionals, equipment manufacturers, landscapers, lawyers, insurance companies, etc.) are changed in many ways. THINK BEFORE YOU CUT! IT HURTS! BE YARD SAFE!

Richard T. Mudrinich 
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

National Lawn Care Month

April is National Lawn Care Month.
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man celebrates yard safety awareness everyday of every year. Spring is in the air. Keep yard safety near. Be yard safe!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man


Today is April Fools' Day, and there are some people who think that Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man is a fool. There are many people who have gone to school on this perceived fool to advance various yard safety products and services. Actually, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man is the cool tool for yard safety as a renaissance yard man and yard safety super hero.

April Fools' Day although not a holiday in its own right, is a notable day celebrated in many countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, enemies and neighbors, or sending them on fools' errands, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible.

In this vein, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man regenerated his left big toe after taking several months of ballet lessons as part of his renaissance yard man plethora of yard safety communications. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man utilizes various art forms to communicate his yard safety awareness message. Actually, given advances in medicine, there might be a day when I can regenerate my big toe.

Indeed, it appears that some people think that Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man is an April Fool. Nonetheless, my yard safety awareness message is very serious. Also, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man has already made a great impact on the innovation of various products and services related to yard safety. In essence, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man has been a catalyst of great change for yard safety.

Please wear the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man silicone wristband and apparel to promote yard safety awareness.

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Little Lamb

Little Lamb
by Richard Mudrinich 

Mary had a little lamb who mulched grass like a lawn mower. 
Mary had a little lamb until the lawn mower accident. 
Think before you cut. It hurts. (tm) 

Richard T. Mudrinich 
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Friday, March 20, 2020

Yard Footwear

Richard Mudrinich is the founder and inventor of the first-of-its-kind lawn safety footwear and gear, including the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man Yard Safety Footwear™. "I am the first yard safety super hero in the history of the world. Furthermore, I am the first person in the world to invent garden grass landscaping lawn mowing turf yard safety footwear specifically targeted for the landscaping experience. I conceived these ideas, especially the yard safety footwear, after chopping-off part of my left foot with a walk-behind power push lawn mower while cutting the grass,” shares Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man.

“I was inspired to invent my yard safety footwear immediately after my yard accident. While in the hospital recovering from several surgeries as a result of my severe lawn mower accident, I made a life-commitment (divine inspiration) to yard safety awareness. In the hospital bed, I conceived the concept of the first-of-its-kind yard safety footwear and gear in order to prevent yard accidents from happening to other people and animals. Since I cut-off part of my left foot, I focused initially on designing and developing the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man Yard Safety Footwear™. My focus then expanded to design Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man Yard Safety Gear™ to protect other parts of the body. These personal protective equipment items are yard safety insurance products and promote preventative medicine as well. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ will donate to educational and charitable purposes,” shares Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ has received a divine direction (patent) from God to continue to promote the concept of yard safety footwear. He recognizes that other individuals have taken his idea as their own. He wishes that those individuals would acknowledge that Richard Mudrinich (Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™) is the inventor of yard safety footwear. Furthermore, there are some individuals who exhibited unethical, unprofessional, and maybe illegal behavior with regards to private discussions, especially involving some federal (government officials, small business development centers, etc.), federal affiliated (SCORE), commercial organizations (patent attorneys), non-profit organizations (hospitals, business development organizations, etc.) that exist to help an entrepreneur development his idea into a business, including protecting intellectual property. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ cautions entrepreneurs about approaching these organizations, especially with regards to intellectual property. In essence, the entrepreneur feeds these organizations ideas that are then distributed and exploited beyond the entrepreneur. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ was exploited by organizations established to help (not exploit) entrepreneurs. Indeed, there are now several new entrants into the yard safety footwear arena. Also, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ is the source of other small and large corporations entering the yard safety footwear business. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ is the source of new footwear applications by recent entrants into the lawn safety footwear market, including existing safety footwear. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ is disappointed in these individuals and organizations, especially those acknowledging that Richard Mudrinich is the father and inventor of garden grass landscaping lawn mowing turf yard safety footwear. Richard Mudrinich wants some credit and compensation for acting as the catalyst of a new niche yard safety marketplace. "Throw the yard safety super hero a bone," requests Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man. "I was the primary caregiver for my mom with some very serious health issues for the over 15 years, which limited my ability to advance my concept. My mom has since passed away, and I would like to revisit bringing my shoe concept to market." "Incidentally, my left foot has gotten worse since my accident to the point where prominent foot and ankle surgeons have indicated that I will require a complete forefoot amputation of my left foot. Also, my right foot is breaking down as well." 

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ is a caped crusader and yard safety super hero working tirelessly to prevent lawn mower accidents and to promote yard safety. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ is a renaissance yard man utilizing various art forms to communicate his safety message. “I want to educate and entertain the general public regarding the importance of yard safety. Lawn mower accidents happen in a split-second, often resulting in life-altering outcomes that sometimes include amputation. I learned this from first-hand experience when I amputated part of my left foot while cutting the grass,” shares Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™. “Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ is here today so that yard accidents go away.”

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ is a yard safety awareness conduit for the betterment of mankind. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ wants to create awareness regarding the frequency and severity of lawn mower accidents and to promote preventive measures to rescue individuals and families from the dreaded experience associated with yard accidents. Each year, there are about 100,000 lawn mower accidents. Furthermore, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that hospital emergency rooms treat more than 400,000 outdoor garden-tool-related accidents each year. Estimates from past statistics indicate that yardwork accidents fatally injure more than 3,000 people. According to Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man, "Think before you cut. It hurts. I encourage you to heed the outdoor power equipment safety precautions and to promote yard safety!"

Be yard safe! Think before you cut. It hurts!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


The First Day of Spring this year (2020) is Thursday, March 19th. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man proclaims once again that the first day of each season is Yard Safety Awareness Day. Spring is in the air, and yard safety is near. Actually, safety never takes a day off. Everyday is yard safety day. Nonetheless, I want to have a celebration periodically to promote a community effort. Therefore, I strive to create yard safety awareness. I do not want anybody to get hurt or die. Please buy and wear a Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man T-shirt to advance yard safety awareness. Think before you cut. It hurts. (tm)

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Birth of Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (Limerick)
By Richard Mudrinich

There once was a man
Who was a grass-cutting fan.
He cut-off his big toe
Screaming oh no!
And hence was born Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man.

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

St. Patrick's Day

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man pays tribute to Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick provides great inspiration toward my yard safety awareness campaign. Indeed, grass is green. The green in the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man color scheme (red, yellow, and green) represents my appreciation for nature and my faith in advancing yard safety awareness on behalf of God. I appreciate the many efforts and contributions of Saint Patrick. I share below a few excerpts about Saint Patrick - a great man who delivered divine works on behalf of God.

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born, probably in Roman Britain, about AD 385, and was originally called Maewyn. At the age of 16, he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village. Having been a pagan before, he became closer to Christianity during his captivity. He escaped from slavery after six years and went to Gaul where he studied in the monastery under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre for a period of twelve years. During his training he became aware that his calling was to convert the pagans to Christianity. He wished to return to Ireland and to convert the native pagans to Christianity, but his superiors instead appointed St. Palladius. However, two years later Palladius transferred to Scotland. Patrick, having adopted that Christian name earlier, was then appointed as second bishop to Ireland. Patrick was quite successful at winning converts which upset the Celtic Druids. Patrick was arrested several times, but escaped each time. He traveled throughout Ireland, establishing monasteries across the country. He also set up schools and churches which would aid him in his conversion of the Irish country to Christianity. His mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years. After that time, Patrick retired to County Down. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick's Day ever since.

Much Irish folklore surrounds St. Patrick's Day. Some of this lore includes the belief that Patrick raised people from the dead. He also is said to have given a sermon from a hilltop that drove all the snakes from Ireland, although paleontologists have pointed out that no snakes were ever native to Ireland. (In response, some scholars say the snake story was a metaphor for the conversion of the pagans.) Though originally a Catholic holy day, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into more of a secular holiday.

One traditional icon of the day is the shamrock. This stems from a more bona fide Irish tale that tells how Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day.

The St. Patrick's Day custom came to America in 1737, the first year St. Patrick's Day was publicly celebrated, in Boston, Massachusetts. Today, people celebrate the day with parades, wearing green, and drinking beer.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man emphasizes that if you drink alcohol beyond the legal driving limit, then do not drive drunk. Also, if you are not driving, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man recommends that if you drink alcohol, then drink in moderation. Also, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man suggests that you be good to your body temple and do not pollute the environment of other people around you. Keep St. Patrick's Day green - not red!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Infant Creeper

I have gotten to know a young woman who is approaching the birth and delivery of her first child - it's a boy. I have enjoyed living vicariously through her regarding the pregnancy process. It is very fascinating. Recently, she had a baby shower. I was not invited. I realize that most baby showers tend to be women-only. Nonetheless, I do not want her baby to ever have a yard accident, especially involving outdoor power equipment. I want to encourage parents to remember to always protect their children while they are playing and working in the yard. Therefore, I presented her with a Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man Infant Creeper (tm) to remind her and her husband of the importance of yard safety awareness. Also, I encourage other parents and families to learn more about yard safety awareness so that they and their children can avoid these often times severe accidents. In addition, you may even create awareness during your travels and help someone else avoid a yard accident. Think before you cut. It hurts. (tm)

"Yayayayayaya SafT AaaaaaaaahWearNess" -- Rescue Rick Baby Talk

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Friday, March 13, 2020

Peak in June

Most lawn mower accidents occur between April and October, with June being the peak accident month.

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Days of Caution

The fewest lawn mower accidents occur on Sunday. On the other hand, Saturday and Wednesday are the peak days for accidents. Keep in mind that accidents can and do occur on any day of the week, usually when they are least expected.

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man promotes colorectal cancer awareness. I had a colonoscopy four years ago, and I will have another one next year.

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal (colon cancer) is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in men and women. But what many people don't know is that it's largely preventable. You can significantly reduce your risk with regular screening, and by watching your weight and being physically active. (Source: American Cancer Society

Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in either the colon or the rectum. Not counting skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in this country. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man promotes colon health and colorectal cancer awareness. I have pasted several excerpts from the American Cancer Society website on Colorectal Cancer. Please visit the American Cancer Society website ( for more detailed information.

The American Cancer Society and several other medical organizations recommend earlier testing for people with increased colorectal cancer risk. These recommendations differ from those for people at average risk. Even though medical professionals do not know the exact cause of most colorectal cancers, it is possible to prevent many colorectal cancers. For more information, talk with your doctor.

Colorectal Screening

Regular colorectal cancer screening or testing is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer. Screening is the process of looking for cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease.

Colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy are screening exams for colorectal cancer (commonly referred to as "colon cancer"). But false information and a misplaced sense of modesty have scared some people away from these lifesaving tests. Since Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man had a colonoscopy, I will focus on the the colonoscopy screening exam. Once again, please refer to the American Cancer Society website ( for comprehensive cancer information.

A colonoscopy is an exam that allows a doctor to closely look at the inside of the entire colon. The doctor is looking for polyps or signs of cancer. Polyps are small growths that over time can become cancer. The doctor uses a thin (about the thickness of a finger), flexible, hollow, lighted tube that has a tiny video camera. This tube is called acolonoscope. The colonoscope is gently eased inside the colon and sends pictures to a TV screen. Small amounts of air are puffed into the colon to keep it open and allow the doctor to see clearly.

The exam itself takes about 30 minutes. Patients are usually given medicine to help them relax and sleep during the procedure.

Your doctor decides how often you need this test, usually once every 10 years, depending on your personal risk for colon cancer. It's important for people to talk with their doctor to understand their risk for colon cancer, the guidelines they should follow for testing, and whether they need to start being tested at age 50 or earlier.

For the most part, patients are given medicine to sleep through the colonoscopy, so they won't feel anything. Air is pumped into the cleaned-out colon to keep it open so that doctors can get the best pictures. While it may cause slight discomfort, it should not hurt.

A colonoscopy is almost always done by a doctor, usually a gastroenterologist (a doctor whose specialty is the digestive tract) or a surgeon.

Colonoscopy is done in a private area; it may be a hospital outpatient department, a clinic, an ambulatory surgery center, or a doctor's office. The patient's privacy is a top concern.

The preparation for the colonoscopy makes you to go the bathroom a lot! The doctor will give you instructions. Read these carefully a few days ahead of time, since you may need to shop for special supplies and get laxatives from a pharmacy. If you are not sure about any of the instructions, call the doctor's office and go over them step by step with the nurse. Many people consider the bowel preparation (often called the "bowel prep") the most unpleasant part of the test. You follow a special diet the day before the exam and take very strong laxatives before the procedure. You may also need enemas to clean out the colon. The key to getting good pictures is to have the colon cleaned out.

Because colonoscopy is usually done with drugs that make you sleepy, people usually will miss a day of work. You'll need to stay close to a bathroom. You might want to schedule the exam for a Monday, so you can be at home the day before without taking that day off work.

Most people feel OK after a colonoscopy. They may feel a bit woozy from the drugs (anesthesia). They'll be watched and given fluids as they wake up. They may have some gas, which could cause mild discomfort. Because of the medicines given for the test, most facilities require that you bring someone to take you home.

If a small polyp is found, your doctor will probably remove it. Over time some polyps could become cancer. If your doctor sees a large polyp, a tumor, or anything else abnormal, a biopsy will be done. For the biopsy, a small piece of tissue is taken out through the colonoscope or sigmoidoscope. It is sent to a lab to be checked under a microscope for cancer or pre-cancer cells.

Colorectal cancer screening helps people stay well and save lives.Regular colorectal cancer testing is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer. Removing polyps prevents colorectal cancer from ever starting. And cancers found in an early stage are more easily treated. Nine out of 10 people whose colon cancer is discovered early will be alive 5 years later. And many will live a normal life span.

But too often people don't get these tests. Then the cancer can grow and spread without being noticed, like a silent invader. In many cases, by the time people have any symptoms the cancer is very advanced and very hard to treat.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man is grateful for the talents of the medical professionals who performed his colonoscopy. Thank you!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Michael Eisner

About 15 years ago, I was visiting New York City. A highlight of my trip was meeting Michael Eisner on St. Patrick's Day while walking on the streets of Manhattan. I was still on crutches about six months after my lawn mower accident. I noticed him as he walked by me. Needless to say, I was compelled to present the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man concept to Mr. Eisner for his consideration. I hobbled on my crutches over to him, and I asked, "Are you Michael Eisner?" He responded, "Yes I am!" I shared my story with him. I am very grateful for the opportunity to speak with Michael Eisner about my yard safety awareness campaign. He was very gracious to me.

I would like to be a guest on "Conversations with Michael Eisner" on CNBC. I share the CNBC blurb about "Conversations with Michael Eisner" as depicted on the CNBC website:

CNBC presents "Conversations with Michael Eisner."

Riveting and revealing.

The inside story on Hollywood celebrities and industry titans. Conversations you'll hear on CNBC's "Conversations with Michael Eisner." It's 60 minutes packed with open and upfront interviews with the most dynamic leaders of our time.

From business to politics to entertainment ... these are the conversations you don't want to miss!

It seems to me that I would be a great guest on "Conversations with Michael Eisner." Actually, it would be a great thrill to meet Michael Eisner again. I met him during a challenging time in his career and life. It was announced a few weeks prior that Mr. Eisner would be leaving the Walt Disney Company. I am glad to see that he has moved on to a new chapter to a series of successful ventures.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! It is a green day for green heroes, including Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man and the wonderful world of yard safety!

I wonder what Michael Eisner is doing these days!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

March Madness

It is March Madness season. March comes in like a lion. I am bringing the March Madness to you. GROWL. I think that Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man is like a Mad Scientist. GROWL. He should be mad because there is too much apathy toward yard safety. GROWL. I think Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man should attend several NCAA March Madness games to draw some attention to yard safety. GROWL. He could even push his toy lawnmower around and around (a 360) on the basketball court - NOT THIS YEAR because NCAA Basketball Tournament has been CANCELLED - GROWL. Basketball dribble. GROWL. Slam dunk for yard safety. GROWL. I think MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) should support Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man. GROWL. He advocates against the use of alcohol while operating power equipment in the yard. GROWL. I am really getting mad now. GROWL. GROWL. GROWL. Now, I am sad. GROWL. YSAD. GROWL. YARD SAFETY AWARENESS DAY. GROWL. Be mad and be sad. GROWL. March goes out like a lamb. GROWL. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man wants to keep the little lamb white and alive. GROWL. Red lamb is no good. GROWL. White lamb is real good. GROWL. Baa Baa White Sheep!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Presidents' Day is the third Monday in February! This holiday was created to celebrate the deeds of two legendary American Presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

I spent the day reading more about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and all the other Presidents of the United States of America. It is really fascinating to read of the lives and accomplishments of these great leaders. It takes a special person to become the President. I am intrigued by government and politics.

Democracy promotes freedom. Feedom promotes innovation. Innovation leads to finding ways to improve the lives of people. I would be thrilled to collaborate with all living American Presidents toward improving yard safety so that the 400,000 yard accidents each year (as reported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) are eliminated. In America, I realize that anything can happen. Right now, I am dreaming of an American Dream. In the future, I hope to meet President Trump (45), President Obama (44), President Bush (43), President Clinton (42), and President Carter (39). I would like to ask them for their assistance in promoting yard safety awareness. I have a dream. I have a vision to rescue people and to eliminate yard accidents.

Since yard safety awareness is a global issue, I want to extend my passion for yard safety beyond America and to collaborate with leaders around the globe. Eventually, I would like to ride a lawn mower completely around the world.

The American Dream Lives. Celebrate Presidents' Day.

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Spring Training

It is Spring Training and another Major League Baseball season is around the corner. Major League Baseball players are now preparing for another season. Soon, fans will flock to ballparks across the nation. At most ballparks, ground crews will present some of the finest natural turfs in America. The grass will grow and need cut. Likewise, millions of baseball fans will grass cut their yards. Each season, baseball fans will have yard accidents at their homes and beyond. It is important to prepare for Spring yard work. It is now time for Spring Training and to advance yard safety awareness.  Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) wants to pitch a perfect game this season - ZERO ACCIDENTS.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) wants to visit each Major League Baseball ballpark this season and throw-out the first pitch for yard safety awareness.

Yard Safety Awareness - Catch It!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine's Day


Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Red Blizzard

It is Winter and snow season. It is a season of many unusual blizzards this year. Several million households and businesses will require snow removal from their properties. Be careful. Think before you operate the snow removal equipment. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man provides the following snow thrower safety tips with the goal of preventing any accidents.

Snow Throwers Safety Tips

Read the snow thrower equipment owner's manual thoroughly and understand all recommended operating and safety procedures before turning on the snow thrower.
Clear the intended snow removal area of potential flying objects, such as stones or toys, before you begin throwing snow; loose objects can project out of the snow thrower and hit nearby people and objects. Be aware of objects hidden under the snow.
Never smoke when filling the gas tank. Avoid gasoline spills (be good to Mother Nature.)
Never put your hands in the snow thrower chute for any reason. When the snow is wet, the snow thrower chute may become clogged. When this happens, turn off the snow thrower engine and wait for all moving parts to come to a complete stop. Then, with a cleanout tool, clear the chute. If repair is needed, be sure to turn the engine off first and wait for all moving parts to come to a complete stop.
Never allow children to operate the equipment. Keep children indoors and under supervision.
Never throw snow toward people or cars.
Never allow anyone in front of the equipment.
Keep the snow thrower in good working order. Maintenance. Maintenance. Maintenance.
Wear appropriate reflective clothing and footwear for the weather and activity. Avoid wearing loose fitting clothing. Wear safety glasses to protect eyes from thrown ice, stones, and other projectiles. Keep your hair away from the snow thrower.
Never disable safety features on the snow thrower equipment. Please refer to the snow thrower owner's manual for details.

Keep the snow white. Red snow is not a sign of safe snow. Keep it safe.

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Shovel Love

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man presents some snow shovel love safety tips. Snow has fallen. Snow will fall again. Snow needs to be moved safely.

Snow Shoveling Safety Tips:

If you are inactive and have a history of heart trouble, talk to your doctor before you take on the task of shoveling snow.

Avoid caffeine or nicotine before beginning. These are stimulants, which may increase your heart rate and cause your blood vessels to constrict. This places extra stress on the heart.

Drink plenty of water. Dehydration is just as big an issue in cold winter months as it is in the summer.

Dress in several layers so you can remove a layer as needed.

Warm up your muscles before shoveling, by walking for a few minutes or marching in place. Stretch the muscles in your arms and legs, because warm muscles will work more efficiently and be less likely to be injured.

Pick the right shovel for you. A smaller blade will require you to lift less snow, putting less strain on your body.

Lift with your legs not your back. Bend your knees and keep your back as straight as possible so that the lifting comes from your leg muscles, not your back. Never bend at the waist. Step in the direction that you are throwing snow. This will help prevent the lower back from twisting and will help alleviate any back soreness that you might typically experience the day after a hard shoveling job.

Create some distance between the hands. This will give you more leverage and make it easier to lift snow.

Pick-up smaller loads of snow. It's best to shovel by sections. If you are experiencing snowfall levels of 12-inches or higher, take it easy and shovel 2-inches off at a time.

Do push. Don't lift. Save your back and your energy by simply pushing the snow to the side instead of lifting the snow and throwing it off to the side.
  Listen to your body. Stop if you feel pain or observe heart attack warning signs. These may include chest pain as well as shoulder, neck or arm pain; dizziness, fainting, sweating or nausea; or shortness of breath. If you think you're having a heart attack, seek medical help immediately.

Shovel love is in the air! Yard safety is here! Rescue Rick cares!

Richard T. Mudrinich
Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man